This ingenious plant has lots of wonderful characteristics.
Since antiquity nettles have been not only used as foodstuff but also as medicinal herbs. Lots of ancient and medieval sources talk about stinging nettles and their usage.
One of the more arguable ones was for a seemingly superstitious purpose during midsummer.
In some parts of Europe people dipped nettles into fresh urin (this in itself a most wonderful procedure…) after which they whipped themselves with this runny bunch thinking, that it would strengthen their health, increase their zest for life and enhance fertility…
To me the most fascinating application is making textiles out of stinging nettles.
It seems that the process of turning nettle stalks into fibers is rather extensive and therefore costly; thus one hardly finds this type of “viscose” or “rayon” even though the fabric is very sturdy and durable.
One of the few products you can find is sock wool; the wool becomes more resistant and long-lasting with a small percentage of nettle-viscose in it.
Looking back one can find lots of sturdy nettle-textiles manufactured during the first world war.
Since then this material has fallen into oblivion because it’s production is not only costly but it also tends to be rough and rigid.
Nevertheless a manufacturer from the Himalayas has started to produce this special fibre again: click
Pharmaceutically speaking nettles are utilized for their high content in phenol carbonic acid and silica. These plus a couple of other components can be used against rheumatism or diseases of the urinary passage.
Externally nettles in form of tonic water are highly effective against dandruff and itchy scalp.
Freshly picked nettles cooked like spinach taste nice – especially in form of a quiche or a pite.
Talking about the showering soap “green”.
The showering soap “green” is very green because it’s plum full of dried nettles turned into powder.
“Green” is highly nourishing as a showering and a facial soap because it still contains 12% oil (this is what the soap maker calls “superfatting”).
Grassy, greeny and fresh
Intensity of scent
Type of skin
Craving for moisture
Unbleached & compostable paper
Minimum 95 g
9 to 10 (alkaline)
If you would like to give this DuschMödeli as a gift, I could enclose the small card I make for every Mödeli. This card informs about the skin type, the scent and the aromatherapeutic effect of the specific soap of mine.
I don’t automatically add these cards to a shipment. So if you would like one, simply write so under “remarks” and I’ll stick it into the package.